|November 15, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UCCS|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.351 (26-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.529 (9-17)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.815 (22-27)||.613 (19-31)|
- 21||Abby Kirchoff
- 11||Tori Fisher
- 6||Abby Kirchoff
Gabby Ramirez - 3
- 2||Abby Kirchoff
- 1||Jeri Pikul
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Gallogly Events Center) – Senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, N.D.) recorded her fourth-career 20-point, 10-rebound game to guide five Bemidji State University women's basketball players in double-figures in a 85-76 victory at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
The Cougars, who are serving as hosts of the UCCS Classic, are receiving votes in the national preseason poll. The Beavers move to 2-0 behind Warmack’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) scored 17 points on a 5-for-8 performance from behind the arc. She also added six rebounds. Senior forward Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn.) scored 16 points, freshman guard Hanna Zerr (Shakopee, Minn.) hit 11-of-11 from the free throw line to record 15 points, while freshman Tatum Sheley (G, Backus, Minn.) went 3-for-4 from downtown, en route to 11 points.
As a team, the Beavers shot 45 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from 3-point land and 81.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The Beavers took a 5-3 lead on a 3-pointer from Lee 2:35 into the contest and never relinquished the advantage. The bucket helped BSU hold a small lead all the way to a matching two-point lead at 18-16 with 12:41 remaining in the opening half. Bemidji State then rattled off a 10-0 run to open a 28-16 advantage with 10:21 left. Four different players scored on the run, capped by a Sheley 3-point dagger.
The Beavers struggled during the next seven minutes and the BSU lead fell to seven at 37-30. The road team then rebounded and pushed the lead to 14 on a 7-0 run that included five points from Althoff. The Beavers then settled for the 44-33 lead at the half, guided by 11 points and eight rebounds from Warmack. Lee posted nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc, guiding the Beavers to a 6-for-11 (54.5%) performance from downtown.
The Beavers continued to shoot the ball well from downtown early in the second half, hitting twice from beyond the arc to open the 17-point lead at 54-37 with 17:34 left. Halfway through the frame, UCCS battled to get within six at 61-55, but a Zerr three-point play started a five-point run to move past the 10-point threshold at 66-55 with 8:41 showing on the clock.
UCCS got within five at 70-65, but the Beavers continued to respond to any Cougar run, as Warmack recorded four straight points to start a 6-1 run that gave the road team a 10-point lead with 3:01 remaining. The lead was again five at 78-73 with 1:35 left, but the Beavers were able to fight off any comeback from UCCS for the nine-point victory.
• Senior Morgan Lee is now 28 points shy of 1,000 career points. She will be the 16th player at BSU to record 1,000 or more points.
• Kate Warmack’s double-double was her second consecutive and 14th of her career. She recorded eight last season to rank eighth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. She has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game 16 times in her career.
The Beavers will battle Western State Colorado University at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to complete their trip to the UCCS Classic.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).